In 1992, an off-peak 1-zone (within the city of Seattle) Metro fare was 75 cents, and so was a short (8 oz) cup of drip coffee at Starbucks in Seattle (plus 8.2% sales tax). A First-Class postage stamp was 29 cents.
Might it be because of compounding inflation? 3% inflation for two years will be more than 6% inflation over two years. Saying that, I don't trust the inflation numbers my government (Canadian) releases.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko